On this week’s agenda: neo-soul and R & B from singers Dwele and Bilal, First Friday Art celebrations, open-mic night, a little doo-wop for the family, and selfies with parrots and flamingos. Have fun, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Las Vegas
Dwele and Special Guest Bilal
The Strip | Saturday, July 26, 7 p.m.
Singer, songwriter, and producer Dwele stops at the legendary House of Blues
for a night of R & B and soul along with special guest star Bilal. Come early for dinner
before the show at Crossroads at House of Blues, which features a menu of contemporary soul food from celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez. (3950 Las Vegas Blvd S; $49+; buy tickets here)
WordUp! Poetry & Music
University | Tuesday, July 29, 7 p.m.
Right across from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus, The Freakin’ Frog
hosts WordUp!, an ongoing, weekly open-mic for poetry and music. Known for its craft beers and whiskey
selections, the bar has hundreds of options for liquid courage before taking a turn at the mic. (4700 S. Maryland Pkwy.; free)
First Friday Art Celebration
Downtown | Friday, August 1, 5 p.m.–11 p.m.
At the Arts District’s monthly arts fest, local artisans get a platform to share and sell their work while networking with peers and community members. Each event features live music, visual and performing arts, food from local vendors, and a themed KidZone. This month’s festival pays homage to the work of Lewis Carroll with a Wonderland-themed art walk
. (107 E. Charleston Blvd.; free)
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
The Strip | Daily, 8 a.m. to dusk
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat makes for an idyllic escape off the busy Strip. Along with a huge flock of Chilean flamingos, the habitat is home to koi, swans, pelicans, parrots, and other exotic fauna. Snap a selfie with a parrot or photobomb a live pelican feeding (twice daily!). (Flamingo, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. S; free)
Forever Doo Wop
The Strip | Through December
Through an eight-person ensemble of lead singers, Forever Doo Wop
leads audiences through the history and genres of doo-wop music through a series of vignettes and mini concerts. The family-friendly show kicked off at the Riviera Hotel and Casino
on July 23 and runs through December. (2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South; $39+; buy tickets here)